Simchat Torah D’var Torah from Rabbi Ronald S. Roth
Have You Read Any Good Books Lately on an Electronic Screen?
On Saturday night and Sunday we celebrate Simchat Torah, the festival when we both finish and begin the reading of the Sefer Torah. In Hebrew the word sefer can mean a scroll or a book. I thought of this when I read in an article in the New York Times, by Motoko Rich, who said, “Today we have many forms that books take…in the age of the iPhone, Kindle and YouTube, the notion of the book is becoming increasingly elastic as publishers mash together text, video and Web features in a scramble to keep readers interested in an archaic form of entertainment.” The Torah is the only book in the modern world that is read in the exact same form as it was read in the ancient world. It is a hand written document, on parchment, rolled as a scroll on wooden handles. It must not contain even one small error. It is not entertainment we seek when we read the Torah each year. It is not excitement we desire. It is a sense of history, continuity and connection to the Divine that makes the reading of the Torah in the synagogue so awesome. I have no idea what form books will take in ten, twenty or thirty years from today. But I do know that in one hundred, two hundred, three hundred years and more from now, Jews will chant the words of the Torah from a hand written scroll. Our past, present and future coalesce in reading from a sefer whose contents and format will never become archaic or obsolete. For our people holding on to those traditions is the very definition of how best to recall the past, learn lessons for the present and face the future.
Celebrate Simchat Torah
Saturday, October 10, 2009 @ 7:30 p.m. – The Great Torah Roll
During our services we will unroll an entire Torah scroll! Don’t miss it! Candy apples and flags for all the children!
Sunday, October 11, 2009 – Services @ 9:00 a.m.
Honorees: Robin and Michael Baer, Stan Lurie, Alyssa and Barry Schwartz. Everyone present will be called to the Torah and there will be an aliyah and blessing for all the children who will be standing under our new Simcha Chuppah. The Baer, Lurie and Schwartz Families will be sponsoring our Simchat Torah Luncheon.
Two Classes to Learn What Judaism Is All About at Our Synagogue
Have you ever wondered what Judaism is really about? Are you or someone you know thinking of converting to Judaism? Do you want to refresh your knowledge of Judaism? Did you miss out on receiving a Jewish Education when you were a child? We are hosting two opportunities to learn:
1.Explore Judaism – A Free and Brief Class - A three-week class that will focus on Believing, Doing and Belonging. 1 class left on Oct. 13th from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM Taught by Rabbi Ronald Roth. These classes are free and open to all. 2. Introduction to Judaism – Longer and More Intensive - A Journey around the Jewish world in just 24 weeks - Tuesday evenings beginning Oct. 27. Taught by Rabbi David Saltzman. More information and registration forms for this class are available in office. You may contact also contact Ellen Nesson, 973-285-9772, email@example.com These classes are a project of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Rabbinical Assembly, New Jersey Region.
Nosh and Knowledge
October 14, 2009From 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Youth Lounge
We will meet in October on the 14th 21st and 28th
It is an open discussion of Biblical text. No previous knowledge is necessary. All the study and texts are in English. Feel free to attend as often as you can, since each class is independent of the others. We serve bagels and coffee or tea! Everyone is welcome.
Sisterhood Presents “WHAT NOT TO WEAR” – Paid Up Membeship
October 14, 2009 @ 7:00 p.m.
FLJC/CBI Sisterhood Presents . . . A program with Wendy Balin in the style of the popular TV show “What not to wear”. Come and meet with a wardrobe stylist. Learn how to work with clothes in your closet and expand your wardrobe with a few basic pieces. Light Dinner will be served. Participants will receive a discount. Volunteers Needed! In advance of our paid up membership dinner, we are looking for a style conscious individual who would like to consult with our stylist and model for the evening. If interested, please call Loren Rosenthal. RSVP to Loren Rosenthal @ firstname.lastname@example.org or FLJC/CBI Office @ 201-796-5040.
MPC “MEET THE MAYOR”
Thursday night, October 15, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m. In the Pulka Room
Join the Men’s Progress Club for your opportunity to meet and hear Fair Lawn Mayor Steven Weinstein. He’ll be talking about the state of Fair Lawn, and will answer questions about life in our town. This important event is open to all members of the FLJC/CBI. Admission is just $5.00 per person, but Free to 2009-2010 MPC Members. (You can join the MPC at the door!) Refreshments will be served.
Saturday, October 17, 2009 from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. In the Upstairs Auditorium
TOT SHABBAT is a monthly service for families with children ages birth to six. The thirty minute service includes singing, prayers, stories and movement followed by snack and socializing. Mark your Calendars for the 5770 dates. October 17th, November 14th, December 5th, January 16th, February 20th, March 20th, April 17th, May 15th, and June 19th. Free! Non-members welcome! Bring friends and make friends! To receive more information, sign up for email reminders, or get more involved, contact Wendy Grinberg @ email@example.com
Join us for Learners’ Minyan! Starting October 17th
Are you uncomfortable participating in services? Don’t know your way around the siddur? Can’t figure out when to sit or stand or what page we’re on? Are you afraid to ask for help? Would you like to learn? Join the Religious Affairs Committee on the third Shabbat of each month (during services) from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Learn about the order and various parts of the service. Become more familiar with the prayers and their meanings. Find your way around the Siddur, and feel more comfortable participating in services in a supportive atmosphere. Don’t be embarrassed – we all started at the beginning! No previous level of service, knowledge or Hebrew necessary. Learners’ Minyans are scheduled for October 17th, November 21st, December 19th, January 16th, February 20th, March 20th, April 17th, May 15th and June 19th.
Israel Action Committee presents:The Case for Israel Democracy’s Outpost
Sunday, October 18, 2009 @ 3:45 p.m.
A feature-length documentary film with Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law School professor presents a vigorous case for Israel – for its basic right to exist, to protect its citizens from terrorism, and to defend its borders from hostile enemies. Refreshment provided followed by an open dialogue between the audience and community leaders. $10.00 per person, teenagers free of charge, advance reservations recommended, Send you checks payable to the FLJC/CBI (Israel Committee in the memo of your check). For more information and reservations call 201-320-6556.
Adult Education Film “Defiance”
Thursday, October 22, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m. Free to center members. Light refreshments
Under One Roof: Interfaith Connections
This will be a six-week group that addresses the many issues that parents whose children have intermarried encounter. It is being offered by the Jewish Family Service of North Jersey together with the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B’nai Israel. This group, led by a licensed clinical social worker, will focus on the following topics: clarifying religious and cultural values; bridging differences; dealing with extended family relationships; sharing traditions with grandchildren; and celebrating holidays. A nominal fee will be charged for each session. For additional information as well as more information on dates and times and to register, please contact Ellen Masnaghetti, LCSW, (973)-595-0111.
Sisterhood – “Blessed is the Match”
Sunday, October 25, 2009 @ 10:00 a.m.
The life and death of Hannah Senesh, the World War II era poet and diarist who became a paratrooper, resistance fighter and modern day Joan of Arc. Meet Susan Beer, who was in prison with Hannah. Sisterhood members and spouses $18.00 per person, General Admission $22.00 per person, Late registration (After October 21st) $25.00 per person.
Crayon Drive on Mitzvah Day
Sunday, November 1, 2009 from 10:00 – 1:00 p.m. @ the FLJC/CBI
We need your help to memorialize the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust by collecting 1.5 million crayons. Our Hebrew School children are learning Tzedakah by donating the crayons to economically needy schools and other chilcare institutions. Please bring one or more boxes of new crayons to add to our collection total of 180,000.00. The goal may be far away but we are obligated to continue. We are a making difference one crayon at a time.
MPC Paid-up Membership Breakfast
Sunday, November 1, 2009 @ 9:45 a.m.
Please join us for our annual MPC Paid-up Membership Breakfast, featuring Dave Kaplan, Director of the Yogi Berra Museum at Montclair State University. Dues can be paid up to the day of the event. Big Machers may bring a guest provided that guest provided that guest does not qualify to be a member. For more information, contact Bob Sokol @ 201-475-5629.
Book & Lunch
Monday, November 2, 2009 @ 12:00 Noon
Rabbi Simon Glustrom will review “My Father’s Paradise” by Ariel Sabar, which is a ‘Trip’ to Kurd Country and an ‘Eye Opener’. This book is available in our Center Library. Our fees are the same: Center Members for the series: $80.00 (6 Lectures Fall and Spring Series)Center Members for Individual Lectures: $15.00. Non-Members Individual Lectures: $18.00. Call the Center Office at 201-796-5040 to make your reservation by Thursday, October 29, 2009.
Man of the Year Dinner
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 @ 6:00 p.m. at Crystal Plaza, Livingston, NJ
Yasher Koach to Scott Pass, the MPC man of the Year. We will be celebrating with Scott at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston. The cost of this event is $54.00. For more information, contact Jeff Kroll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SISTERHOOD - CAFÉ NIGHT
Saturday, November 14, 2009 – Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Featuring . . . . “The Band” Starring: Burt Feldman, Ira Lieman, Carl Spector, Barry Schwartz and Alan Butvinik. Come join us for a fun and relaxing evening. Light snacks, dessert and coffee will be served. BYOB. All wines must be Kosher. Tickets $12.00 in advance $15.00 at the door. Reservations a must. Please make checks payable to FLJC/CBI Sisterhood and note “Café Night” on the check.
MPC Fall 2009 Poker Tournament
Thursday, Evening November 19, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m.
$25 Entry Fee. 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, place finishers will receive a Trophy or Medallion. Proceeds benefit the Men’s Progress Club. Must be 18 years or older to play. Information: Kspokony@gmail.com
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism – Torah Fund Brunch & Region Meeting
Sunday, November 22, 2009 from 9:30 – 2:00 p.m. at the FLJC/CBI
Guest speaker Hazzan Henry Rosenblum, Dean H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary. For more info. contact Carol Peligal @ 201-796-2950.
Save the Date! Religious School Fundraiser
Saturday, December 5, 2009 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Religious School Fundraiser - Enjoy a great social evening and celebrate the festival of light! Chanukah Dance - Family Fun Night - in the ballroom DJ, Fun, Refreshments!! Dance the night away to the sounds of Soundtrax DJ Have fun with your family and friends. Everyone welcome! $6 per person, maximum $25 per family.
MPC 2010 Entertainment Books
Help support the Men’s Progress Club by buying a copy of the 2010 Entertainment Book. Only $30.00. Dine, Shop, Travel & Save Up to 50%. It quickly pays for itself! Pick up your copy today at the FLJC/CBI office.
SYNAGOGUE ISRAEL TRIP – POSTPONED – ARE YOU INTERESTED IN A TRIP IN THE FUTURE?
We were not able to put together a large enough group for a Synagogue trip to Israel. The economy made it very difficult. However, anyone interested in such a trip should contact Rabbi Roth and we hope to schedule one sometime in the future.